Three Best Cookie Recipes for Christmas Baking

I've made many different cookies over the years, but I come back to these three family favorites again and again.  They are so good they're addictive and each recipe has a story that makes it even more special. Like other years before, I've used these cookies as the main ingredients on gift trays for friends and co-workers. Oatmeal Hermits (aka Grandma's Overturf's Cookies) -- Our friend Barbara passed this recipe to me many years ago. It was passed to ...
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Autumn Comfort Food: Meatloaf with Roasted Vegetables

According to Food Network meatloaf is the most popular recipe search on their site in the fall.  Even before I heard that this morning, I was thinking of making a meatloaf, since my sons, daughter-in-law and darling granddaughter were coming for dinner ...
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Shepherd’s Pie with my favorite spice blend

I've gone through pounds of McCormick's Grill Mates Seasoning: Montreal Chicken, and not just for grilling.  In fact hardly ever for grilling. This flavorful blend, heavy on garlic and pepper, but lightened with orange peel and other aromatic ingredients is my go-to spice blend for flavoring several family favorite mealsincluding oven-fried chicken, meatloaf, chicken and noodles, and my Thanksgiving turkey. When the boys were at home and I made Shepherd's Pie it always got gobbled up.  It ...
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